Poems to Ponder – Day Thirty-Seven

“While yet it was still dark,

 She was the first thought on His heart.”

“Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene.”  Mark 16:9

Jesus, the Risen Lord, “appeared first to Mary”.

What an awesome privilege to be the first He appeared to.

Was it because “Mary” was a woman?

Was it because it was “the first day of the week”?

Scripturally, in His faithfulness to His Word,

it was “early” and the very first thing she sought in her day was Him.

“One Lamb, in the morning…at the entrance…where I will meet with you, to speak to you there. And (you) shall know that I Am the LORD (your) God.” Exodus 29:38-46

 

Excerpt from

Forty Days to the Cross – A Time of Reflection

Day Thirty-Seven, (pg. 39)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1544135661

Poems to Ponder by denisebalog©2017

Photos captured by denisebalog©2017

Tears of Rain

“Lord, walk on water,

As only You can do.

Comfort those who’ve lost their way;

Guide them safely through.

Stretch out Your hand;

The One who knows their pain.

Losing all they have,

Dry their tears of rain.”

 

“And in the fourth watch of the night

He came to them,

Walking on the sea.

Take heart; it is I.

Do not be afraid.”

Matthew 14:25-27 (ESV)

 

Continued prayers for those in the midst of this storm.

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photo by denisebalog

My Comfort…as the mountains surround Jerusalem

 

Hillside view on the way to work.
Hillside view on the way to work.

“As the mountains surround Jerusalem,

So the LORD surrounds His people.” Psalm 125:5

 

Yep, that’s the verse.

In 2010, as I was driving to work,

Meditating on these words,

the Lord invite me to Jerusalem.

 

My heart skipped a beat with excitement.

But, after the initial burst of joy,

my mind took over, and

Fear set in!

It was too late,

the Scripture had dropped down into my heart,

And I knew,

that I knew,

I was going to Israel.

I was going to Jerusalem
I was going to Jerusalem

 

Coming up with a million and one reasons why

It was not possible for me to go to Israel.

One morning in prayer,

I cried out to the Lord,

Softly, He spoke to my spirit in His Word.

So I will comfort you..Isaiah 66:13
So I will comfort you..Isaiah 66:13

“As one whom his mother comforts,

So I will comfort you;

You will be comforted in Jerusalem.” Isaiah 66:13


 

“Lord, but what happens when I am in the middle

Of the 9000 mile journey,

in the air,

2016-02-16 Whisked Away map 3201

and the evil one whispers in my ear,

“you made a mistake…you heard wrong…”


 

 His gentleness,

He reminded me of Jesus’ answer

when the ol’ snake attempted to do

the same to Him.

Jesus spoke,

“It is written…”

 

It is written...Matthew 4:4
It is written…Matthew 4:4

 

So it began…I bought the most comfy fabric

And Israel took his journey. Genesis 46:1
And Israel took his journey. Genesis 46:1

“Thinking I will write the words.”

But the pen didn’t work very well on fleece.

So I started to stitch the words.

DSCN3314

With each stitch,

the Words began

To be engraved in my heart.

And from His faithfulness and Promises,

My “Comfort” blanket became alive with

Peace and hope.

 

Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

May I share a few verses…


 

When I asked, “Why do You want me to go?”

 

What I AM doing...John 13:7
“What I AM doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” John 13:7

When I asked, “What will I see?”

Your eyes will behold the King! Isaiah 33:17-24
Your eyes will behold the King! Isaiah 33:17-24

When I reminded Him, yet again, of all my responsibilities.

"but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion." Luke 10:42
“but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion.” Luke 10:42

When I asked how I was going to afford to go on a trip like this?

Shall I not...cause to bring forth? Isaiah 66:9
Shall I not…cause to bring forth? Isaiah 66:9

But I’m scared…

Do not be afraid...go to Galilee..Matthew 28:5-10
Do not be afraid…go to Galilee..Matthew 28:5-10

And when my heart began to believe…

Let us go at once...I myself am going! Zechariah 8:23
Let us go at once…I myself am going! Zechariah 8:23

And the last verse stitched before I left

Walk about Zion...Psalm 48:12
Walk about Zion…Psalm 48:12

In His Faithfulness and 

Love - ahabah - Tav-Aleph
Love – ahabah – Tav-Aleph

Stepping out on the Comfort of His Word,

my life changed forever.

And not one good promise failed!
And not one good promise failed!

I pray you too have been blessed by His Faithfulness!

May God bless you,

denise

I Will Comfort You in Jerusalem

Encouraged again by neighbor Butterfly Mind

http://andreabadgley.com/2015/08/15/practice-makes-progress/

and her post on a favorite pillow, her words brought

my comfort or Promise blanket to mind.


In an attempt to write, as with a pencil, and

Not a keyboard…here goes!


 

“As the mountains surround Jerusalem,

So the LORD surrounds His people.” Psalm 125:5 

I was going to Jerusalem
I was going to Jerusalem

Yep, that’s the verse. In 2010 the Lord invited me to Jerusalem.

At first thought, my heart skipped a beat with excitement.

After the initial burst of joy, and my mind took over,

Fear set in.

But it was too late,

the Scripture had dropped down into my spirit,

And I knew that I knew, I was going to Israel.

 

I came up with a million and one reasons why

this was not possible for me to go to Israel.

Keep in mind, I am a girl from Philadelphia who has traveled.

I flew the first time in 1967, by myself no less.

My husband and I, while living in Southern California,

flew the back and forth to Philly many times.

My folks drove us as kids up and down the east coast

every summer visiting family from here to there.

So why was I unable to do this?

And what does this have to do with a blanket?

Flying into Philadelphia
Flying into Philadelphia

 

One morning in prayer and distress at the

Prospect of the pending trip in the air,

I cried out to the Lord, and He gave me,

 

“As one whom his mother comforts,

So I will comfort you;

You will be comforted in Jerusalem.” Isaiah 66:13

 

So I will comfort you..Isaiah 66:13
So I will comfort you..Isaiah 66:13

I felt better, but the real truth was

“Lord, what happens when I am in the middle

Of the 9000 mile journey, in the air, I know

the evil one is going to tell me I made a mistake.

I heard wrong. I am SCARED…I can’t do this!”

DSCN3202
9000 mile journey

 

He reminded me what Jesus answered

when the ol’ snake attempted to do

the same to Him. Jesus spoke,

“It is written…” 

It is written...Matthew 4:4
It is written…Matthew 4:4

So it began…I bought the most comfy fabric

I could find. Thinking I could write the words,

But the pen didn’t work very well on fleece.

So I started to stitch the words.

I thought, I would never finish one verse!

 

With each stitch, the Words were beginning

To become engraved on my heart.

And from His faithfulness and comfort

My Promise blanket became alive with hope.

And not one good promise failed!
And not one good promise failed!

 May I share a few verses…

I asked why He would want to bring me there.

Your eyes will behold the King! Isaiah 33:17-24
Your eyes will behold the King! Isaiah 33:17-24

He was faithful! I was not sick, not one day!!


 

I complained I didn’t understand what He was doing.

I would understand later.

What I AM doing...John 13:7
What I AM doing…John 13:7

We talked about how long the journey would take..

Its an eleven day journey Lord!

(As if He didn’t know this!)

And Israel took his journey. Genesis 46:1
And Israel took his journey. Genesis 46:1

Lord, how will I ever make this whole trip?

(I remember thinking on the bus…

I’m not ready to go home!)

Shall I not...cause to bring forth? Isaiah 66:9
Shall I not…cause to bring forth? Isaiah 66:9

Lord, what about my responsibilities at home?

Mary has chosen...Luke 10:42
Mary has chosen…Luke 10:42

My Prince of Peace…

Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

gave me this verse on Easter morning.

“Go to Galilee…there you will see Me”

(I wept like a baby in the Jesus Boat 

gift shop on the Sea of Galilee)

Do not be afraid...go to Galilee..Matthew 28:5-10
Do not be afraid…go to Galilee..Matthew 28:5-10

And the by the time the trip was ready to depart

on February 16, 2011…I was seeing myself

“Walking about Zion!”

Walk about Zion...Psalm 48:12
Walk about Zion…Psalm 48:12

In the LOVE of my Father,

He brought me to His land of Promise.

Love - ahabah - Tav-Aleph
Love – ahabah – Tav-Aleph

and with a desire and new seed planted

in my heart, I believe I will go again!

Let us go at once...I myself am going! Zechariah 8:23
Let us go at once…I myself am going! Zechariah 8:23

“Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the 

LORD and to see the LORD of hosts;

I myself am going!”

Tel Aviv - March 2014
Tel Aviv – March 2014